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Dan Carter 'loving' the work of Kevin Pietersen

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Dan Carter may be 'loving' the work of Kevin Pietersen, but the All Blacks superstar is unlikely to be quite so fond of the exploits of the England team given their victory over New Zealand in the ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday.

England condemned New Zealand to defeat by 10 runs in a tense affair at Sophia Gardens, with Alastair Cook's side able to secure their place in the semi-final and leave the Kiwis with an anxious wait.

The host nation have reached the last four without the usually vital influence of Pietersen who is continuing his rehabilitation from a knee injury ahead of the Ashes, with the batsman an eager spectator as England edged past New Zealand.

But, just a day earlier, Pietersen had been a supporter of the All Blacks as they faced France in Christchurch, with the 32-year-old posting a picture on his official Facebook page wearing a shirt provided New Zealand's regular fly-half.

Pietersen was pictured performing his own version of the Haka ahead of the encounter with Les Bleus while donning the famous black jersey emblazoned with a personal message from Dan Carter.

It reads: "To KP, love your work. Best regards, Dan Carter."

Carter was unavailable for the weekend clash with France due to a cracked bone in his right hand, but rugby's record points scorer was not needed as the All Blacks cruised to a 30-0 win.

Julian Savea, Ben Smith and Beauden Barrett all touched down - with the latter's try a glorious sweeping move - during the rout as New Zealand clinched the series after just two matches.

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